Category Archives: Events

A Rockabilly Baby Shower for Millie

This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to co-host a fun baby shower for Dave’s Cousin, Kristina. It was such a fun shower to style and create for, she’s expecting her first baby in July, its a girl, baby Millicent, “Millie” for short, but this soon to be Mama is not a fan of pink. I love her fun, young loving Rock-n-Roll style, so Rockabilly was perfect! Red, Black, White, Hints of teal and aqua blue/green with pops of cherries, skulls, records, music notes, roses and more were the perfect touches. Enjoy!

A Carnival for Sonny

When one of your besties starts envisioning her son’s first birthday as he grows in her womb, you know you have to go all out. My dear friend Amanda and I started planning, prepping and went into party mayhem mode when baby Sonny was probably 3-6 Months old. The shopping started, pinning began and the crazy OCD “Auntie Crystal,” started getting busy putting our ideas to life. Sonny’s party was this past Saturday, It was a blast, and turned out perfect. We could have done without the gusts of wind, but heck, at least it wasn’t 90 degrees out or raining! Blessings, friends, Blessings. Prepare for picture overload. She wanted a Carnival with a touch of Dumbo, who could ask for more, it was adorable.

Each table had a fun colorful runner with a carnival/dumbo centerpiece, we ate scrumptious hot dog and turkey dogs from the most adorable hot dog cart, accompanied by a spinning rack of every chip you could imagine and enjoyed a sweat treat and snack table. While there was a jumper for the kids in the front yard, they also enjoyed our make shift carnival games in the back, Ping Pong Toss, Bean Bag Toss & Ring Toss. They were a hit! The FAVORS for the kids, Real Gold Fish! Kids loved them, the parents, not so much…IMG_2427IMG_2428









Holiday Home Tour 2014

Okay. Guilty. I haven’t been blogging. Grrr… I’m here today to share a few pics of our home. It’s been all dressed up for the Holidays since November, I won’t spill the beans of exactly when in November I started, but the holidays fly by, I can’t believe Christmas is in 12 days. Lord help us all. I kept things very traditional this year, Red, White, Burlap & Natural Hues along with hints of Gold. I put up my wreaths, but somehow forgot to snap pics, whoops. My dinning room table is still not finished because Mr. D has his paperwork spread out, go figure. It’s warm and homey and thats what I love best about the holidays.








A Baby Shower to Remember

I’m not really sure how to start this post, how to separate all the amazing memories and pictures, but I’ll just run with it. My best friend Corrin is expecting twins. A boy and a girl. Colton & Aubree to be precise. I love this girl and her family more than words can express. She is like my sister from another mister. We just get each other. When I found out she was expecting I was over the moon excited. She has a little guy, Westin who is almost 4, but she knew she wanted ONE more. Well she got blessed with TWO. She was anxious, nervous and scared. I don’t blame her. The thought of having twins has got to be more than overwhelming. I jumped on the opportunity to host and throw a shower for her. I just had to. I had a vision and it came to life. It’s tough when you’re not a “theme,” person, when you want to have accents of colors and vintage and this and that. Well… Here it is a vintage newsprint shower with touches of teal and coral to represent her miracle babies, a boy and a girl, Colton & Aubree. I wanted to post all the details of the specifics, but I’ll do that in another post or update this, for now I want to share pictures and reminisce on these babes and my beautiful friend. Babyshower5BabyShower4BabyShower3BabyShower2





Shop Happenings

Since it’s been forever and a day or month since I’ve blogged about the shop, I thought Id share some new fun items that I’ve been creating. The shop has been growing right before my very eyes and I’m so thankful. I love creating new things and keeping up with the demands, trends and likes of all the littles and their Mamas out there.



Fall products are in full swing and have been so fun to create. I’m now making fun infinity children’s scarfs, fun head wraps, new teething rings and so much more! Go check out the shop, you’re bound to find something you LOVE.

A Western Birthday Bash

Oh Ya’ll we hosted the most amazing party at our house a few weekends ago, it was so much fun & the birthday girl loved it. Mr. D’s Mom turned the big 6-0! We wanted to do something special for her, so we opted to throw a surprise party & create a western hoedown in the backyard. His Mom loves country, as do we, so we thought it would be the perfect combo. I began working on the details & all the decor months ahead of time, to ensure my OCD didn’t interfere and I could make it a magical day & awesome party. I’d like to believe not a detail was missed.

Western5I had the amazingly talented Allison from Madison Design Studio create the invitation for me. I wanted a rustic, classy swing to a fun pink/brown Western theme, and she nailed it. We had the party catered by Naples Rib Co. & I made a few things myself. My friend Monick lent me her vintage bath tub which was filled with lots of ice (because it was of course like 90 degrees that day) and drinks.

Western1I wanted to add a pop of gold, because I just love gold these days. I bought plain paper mache numbers from Hobby Lobby, sprayed them gold and topped them off with a fine gold glitter. The flowers I bought the day before from Costco and created my own arrangements in mason jars & old cowboy boots. I was able to find some fun rustic horse shoes, keys, and spurs from Hobby Lobby in the Western Section, on SALE of course! I have a forever growing collection of mason jars, but bought the gold lids on etsy. I added some fun paper straws and made my own flags, “60,” on one side and on the other, “celebrate kathi.”

Western3Bandanas were a must, such a fun and inexpensive added decor. I used my amazing cricut machine to cut out “60’s” and “Happy Birthday Kathi,” in a gold glitter card stock paper. I made my own tissue pom poms and somehow managed to bunch them all up in a cluster on our patio cover. Western2

I also used the bandanas to create a little utensil holder. I found a random video on you tube on how to fold them, I typed and printed out a fun little menu and added some jute twine to tie the napkins together. For the favors I wanted to keep it simple, yet stick with the western theme. I found small 5 x 7 paper bags, typed up a fun label, “Happy Trails,” because, of course there was a fun bag of trail mix inside! Yum! The mini plates, and striped napkins were for the cake table. The cake didn’t make it outside until the late evening, it would have melted away.

Western4Oh, you better believe we had these massive hay bales we thought it would be fabulous and fun, BUT it was a big ole’ mess. These beasts were 4 feet by 2 feet and weighed about 50 lbs. each. We opted to have them delivered, I ordered 20! Whoops. We used them for seating, which I had purchased gingham fabric to add to the tops so tooshies weren’t poked too bad. With the rest we made a fun couch for people to take pictures on and just hang out. I wish I would have taken more pictures of the final hay bale set up, but these pictures will do. I love the cowboy boot filled with flowers, my absolute favorite decor from the day. I used burlap on a roll for the table runners, worked great and was so easy.

Western6Lastly, we had a fun photo station. I thought it was a fun, personal touch. I bought this Instax camera, which is a polaroid. I asked the guests to take fun pictures and while they developed, to fill out these cards I created. They wrote letters to the Birthday girl, then peeled the tape and posted the pictures on top of the card. She absolutely LOVED it! And… the cake! Amazing! I had it made at Great Dane Bakery in Los Alamitos, it was delicious and matched the party perfectly! I found the candles at Target, and spray painted them to match the gold and added some glitter.

It was a memorable day for the Birthday Girl, and the best part was she was SHOCKED, SURPRISED & spend the evening with her closest friends and family.

Oh hello friend & Cricut

This past Saturday I had the opportunity to attend a small craft party with my friend Monick at Oh Hello Friend in Fullerton. Our very talented and amazing friend Andrea was hosting this event, and featuring the new Cricut machine.


There was about 20 of us ladies that mingled, painted, played with the new machine, ate amazing yummies prepared by Andrea & sipped on fun drinks & wine. I rarely get a girls night out, so when I found out about the event, I knew I had to be there.

IMG_3877The event space was so adorable. I wish I owned this little space.

IMG_3875 IMG_3855We got to play around with the new cricut machine, I opted to create a fun vinyl sheet that I ended up using at home that night to place over a frame with a fun map in it.

IMG_3867 IMG_3872Here is my sign I created

IMG_3887We also made these fun, honeycomb wood painted art pieces using a stencil that was cut using the cricut

IMG_3869Okay, ready for the best part of the night? One of the guests at the party would be WINNING a FREE Cricut machine. We all put our names in a basket, and Andrea picked. Andrea, “Crystal Lee!.” Shut the front door! I won, I freaking won the CRICUT! I’m still in shock, I’m so excited to put it to use and still can’t believe I WON something so amazing.







Serendipity & Wedding Vows

A few weeks ago we headed out to Redlands for a weekend wedding. Mr. D was in the wedding, so the festivities were all weekend long, but the wedding happened to be Sunday afternoon. They had a beautiful ceremony at Serendipity Gardens and the reception followed shortly after. I’m not going to lie, it was in tim-buck-too and I had my doubts on the location. Hello, it was AMAZING. So much my style, very rustic, beautiful, peaceful and perfect.

Wedding1Every little detail was so special. The venue is pretty new, but the best part is they do everything for you. The view was amazing, the white carriage that brought Karin down the long hill hidden from her guests and husband to be, was the perfect touch of romance.

Wedding2All the drinks were served in Mason Jars, the outdoor fire pit had a amore bar, the outside fireplace had a couch for seating, and the long sparklers as they ventured off to married life as husband and wife.



Penelope Lane Boutique: Spring 2014

PLB Spring 2014Oh boutique season, how we have a love/hate relationship. I love participating in Boutiques, meeting new people, buying awesome handmade goodies and catching up with all the amazingly talented vendors. This past weekend, on March 29, the lil’ cupcake kicked off boutique season. Penelope Lane Boutique is one of my favorites. I just adore Nancy and Sarah the two master minds behind all the organization, hard work, social media shout outs and so much more.

I’ll admit, I always have big plans on how I’m going to start sewing, creating and prepping weeks in advance, and as usual, I’m busting my butt and mass producing the week and usually night before. I usually always magically have a ton of inventory with me, which is important to me. This show was BUSY, the busiest show I’ve ever had. I was so thankful my dear friend Monick stayed with me at my booth, helped me bag orders, went out and got us lunch and allowed me to run to the bathroom and get in a little shopping while she manned the chaos.

Without mentioning digits, and numerical values, it was pretty dang awesome! I did the best I’ve ever done, and for that, I am so grateful.

Maui 2014

A few weeks ago, we packed our bags and headed to Maui for 5 days. Every year Mr. D buys electrical supplies from a wholesale house and in return we are offered an incentive trip, if we meet our base quota for the year. This years trip was to Maui. This time we stayed in Lahaina which was beautiful. The best part about this trip was our best friends that have now moved to Seattle, happened to be in Maui, Lahaina to be exact for the entirety of our trip as well. BONUS!

Hawaii1I was so wrapped up in enjoying R&R that I left my camera in the hotel room during the trip. All these pictures were snapped on my I phone. We enjoyed long walks to Whalers village, dinning out with our friends and enjoying their company. We did a whole lot of nothing, which was just what we needed! The weather was great, warm and sunny, except when the showers dumped down upon us on the last day.